MARVEL SUPER HEROES #8 (1991): 1st Squirrel Girl and Red Raven

In addition to the ongoing X-Men story, which I covered here, this issue has two single-issue stories. And one of them introduces a very important character.  That’s right…

Red Raven!  No, just kidding.  I mean, this is the first appearance of Red Raven, in a story (by Scott Lobdell and Chris Wozniak) starring Sub-Mariner, who tries to help her stop Diablo from destroying the environment.  But it’s pretty lame and she is far from major.  Grade: D.

No, I’m talking about the Iron Man story, by Steve Ditko and Will Murray, that introduces Squirrel Girl.

Just a quick story where she defeats Dr. Doom with an army of squirrels.

And then flies off.

She ends up being a cult favorite hero.

And I’m pretty sure Steve Ditko didn’t mean any double entendre in the closing lines of the story.

It’s hard to tell, since it is played so straight, whether this was intended as a complete non-canon joke or what. But to have such a campy, silly story in the ’90s is a rarity that I’m grateful for.

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